Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen: Points Pay Off for Starting Positions

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Corvette Racing at Watkins Glen: Points Pay Off for Starting Positions


Qualifying abandoned due to weather; Corvettes on pole in GTLM

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 27, 2015) – Corvette Racing will line up based on TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Driver’s points for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen. Heavy rain at Watkins Glen International forced the cancellation of qualifying and put Corvette Racing on the pole position.

In GT Le Mans, the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen starts first.

Garcia and Magnussen opened the season with wins at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to take command of the GTLM championship. The pairing also are the defending class winners at The Glen. The No. 3 Corvette suffered minor damage in an accident near the end of Saturday morning’s practice when Garcia spun at the exit of The Boot. The No. 3 car had to replace multiple tie rods, the Corvette’s diffuser, and the front and rear fascia, among other elements.

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will start sixth in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. It is the first race for the pairing since their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jordan Taylor.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is the fifth race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for Corvette Racing. The event is set for 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 28, from Watkins Glen International. Live TV coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 with FOX Sports 2 picking up the race at 2 p.m. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.


JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – STARTING FIRST IN GT LE MANS:

“Our Corvette C7.R worked well. We had a good session this morning and got through some changes on it – mostly on our Michelin tire pressures. I think we moved in the right direction and have a good Corvette for the race. It’s difficult to say where we are because the best lap times were set at different times during the practice. I think we’re in pretty good shape. We may not be the fastest car in the wet, but it doesn’t look like it will be wet throughout the race. We have a really good Corvette in the dry so hopefully we won’t lose too much if it’s wet.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – STARTING SIXTH IN GT LE MANS:

“I thought our Corvette was pretty decent in the rain. We never got a clean lap – neither Tommy nor I. It was somewhat frustrating. But that’s sometimes the way things are. Tomorrow is a very different day. There is a huge storm still coming through; we have to see what it brings. We’re going to make our best judgment on the setup of the car and see what it brings.”

DOUG FEHAN, CORVETTE RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:

“The Race Director’s decision today was the right thing to do. The safety concerns of qualifying in these conditions far outweighed the benefits. The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is always tough but fun, and our previous practice sessions should be enough to meet the challenge. There is no doubt tomorrow will bring yet another epic endurance battle.”


Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen – GT Le Mans (all times ET)

  • TUDOR Warmup: 8 a.m., Sunday, June 28
  • Race: 10:10 a.m., Sunday, June 28 (FOX Sports 1/ FOX Sports 2)
  • Replay: 1 p.m., Sunday, July 5 (FOX Sports 1)


Source:
Corvette Racing

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